Friday, 17 April 2015

Dark Horse releasing hardback edition of Mike Mignola's and Dave Gibbon's Aliens: Salvation

Ending Friday on a strong note involving both beautiful art and good news is something I can get on board with, thanks to Dark Horse. the publisher are re-releasing Aliens: Salvation this September, a Dave Gibbons-penned, Mike Mignola-illustrated story originally published in 1993. Oliver lent me his copy last year (because he has a copy of every rare, good, covetable comic- it's written in stone somewhere), an edition which collected together Salvation with Peter Milligan's and Paul Johnson's Sacrifice, for no other discernible reason other than that the titles are thematically affiliated, and I have to admit that that was the story which actually stuck with me. Still, what I do remember vividly is Mignola's and inker Kevin Nolan's art: the depiction of the xenomorphs as slick, swift terrors, this unnatural yet natural force once again given menacingly strange presence, a facet that I feel is gradually distilled from movie to movie and lost completely in a lot of Alien comics. That mythic, demi-god beast status is reinforced in the manner Gibbon's religious protagonist reacts and interacts with the aliens. It's a short story, so I'm not going to talk about it further to preserve for those who haven't read it, but instead quote the brief blurb provided by Dark Horse: 'Selkirk, a God-fearing crewman aboard the space freighter Nova Maru, is forced at gunpoint to abandon ship with his captain. They crash-land on a small planet, but it is soon apparent that they have not entirely escaped the Nova Maru's dreadful cargo.'

Salvation has been out-of-print for over a decade, I believe, and while there's an idea amongst some people of licensed properties as cash-ins or phoned in works, there's some really excellent work done in the area, and this small, contained story is one of those gems. I'm certainly not going to pass by the opportunity to own a comic which has Mike Mignola illustrating one of my favourite mythologies, and I imagine there'll be many people of similar frame of mind: whether they're Mignola fans, or Alien fans, or coming across the story for the first time. It looks like that's (above) a new cover  (or newly composed from older elements) for the this hardback 5/8″ x 10 3/16″ edition, too, which will run to 56 pages and release on September 2nd. Really the only two words you need to know are Mike Mignola and Aliens- that should work.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Comics Shelfie: Jesse Moynihan

It's been a while, I know, but I finally managed to rouse some interest in the blog again, which has translated into lining up about 10 comics shelfies, the first of which is now presented here for your reading/viewing pleasure. This week it's ace Forming cartoonist and Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan showing you around his book and comic collection, and discussing some of his influences and beyond: have you seen his floor tiles? (Jesse's introduction here makes me think there should be an accompanying series called comics cribs, but I'm not sure cartoonists are ready for that kind of glaring light to be shed on them). Anyway, without further ado, over to Jesse:

'Hello this is my 2 bedroom bungalow house in Echo Park, Los Angeles that I share with my brother Justin. We collaborate on music and sometimes writing. Anyway most of the books in our living room are mine for some reason.

This is my stereo/records/books and comics shelf. I mostly collect prog rock records. I got rid of most of my other records when I moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia. You can see that big ass Gary Panter book that PictureBox put out and maybe you can spot two volumes of Nancy in there. Also the wonderful Dungeon Quest and a bunch of Yuichi Yokoyama books. Also a bunch of books about Tarot cards.

This bookshelf sits next to our couch with a bunch of older comics that I’ve carried around with me over the years. I used to have every volume of Akira, but now I just have 4 and 5? Also they’re in Japanese. I’ve never read it in English. Also I can’t read Japanese. A bunch of alt comics from the 90’s like Gregory by Marc Hempel. Is Marc Hempel still making comics? On top of the shelf you can see a bunch of garbage and a hard drive. Someone talked me into buying Vagabond volume 1, but I don’t really care to read it. I’m sure it’s entertaining. Check out that Guitar for Dummies!

Sometimes I like to talk about how much of an inspiration Dave Sim was for me as a kid in high school; Church and State vol 1 and 2 for me, being the highlight of the series. I like to talk about it because Time and the way we as a culture build mythologies around people, have degraded the work. Sometimes I wonder how much we collectively desire to assassinate ourselves and each other. How much should we expose of ourselves in public? Probably not much! Anyway, check out my bookshelves y’all!

I never finished whatever volume it was that turned into blocks of tiny text. I also imagine that if I re-read the story, it wouldn’t hold up well, as it was so married to the time it was being written. The first 6 phonebook volumes or so stand in my teenage memory as some of the most formally ambitious and passionate examples of storytelling in the medium of comics. The thing I always say about Cerebus is, “It’s a work of genius, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone now.” I think you had to be there while it was happening. I could be wrong though.

 Also on this shelf is a book that influenced me more than any comic in the past 10 years.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Missy by Daryl Seitchik

This is the final Missy comic (for now) that will be published on Comics & Cola. It just comes down to me not having the money to pay Daryl any more as I'm leaving my job. It's been my absolute pleasure and honour to have her work, which I think is superb, on here, and to be able to share it with my readers. You can read all the previous installments of Missy can be found here. Thank you to Daryl for being an amazing, cool, and professional person to work with. Follow her on Tumblr here to keep up with her comics and art.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Frontier #7 SexCoven by Jillian Tamaki

Probably the most singular achievement of SexCoven is how it so completely encapsulates a particular time, and, for want of a better word, movement, and feeling: a zeitgeist. It feels very of it's time, in the way The X-Files is synonymous with the 90's- in it's look and feel and conversation. With technology and the internet beginning to experience rapid growth and coming into undeniable force, Tamaki's tale of SexCoven, an odd, early-internet music/sound file that gets shared and downloaded, developing cult status amongst younger people/groups who are more open to its mystique and possibilities, mirrors the inherent trajectory of suspicion surrounding tech-based (and art) connectivity.

As with the wistful, hazy balminess of This One Summer, Tamaki's style is an integral factor in conjuring a specific vibe and essence; there's something about her lines that's very evocative- fine cursives that lend body and character, almost brush-like, and that sort of emotional emphasis is further compounded here in her use of panelling and layouts. A number of the pages act as larger, double-spread, wallpaper backgrounds, into which inset panels are laid out across: a parallel reflection of the windows, screens, pop-ups, of computers and devices. The backgrounds have grass, clouds, sand, trees, water- elemental forces juxtaposed against diagramic numbers and theorems, closed boxes, as people try to breakdown SexCoven's allure, while the gradiented green/blue tones sit somewhere between cool and warm. 

The story of SexCoven is interesting in multiple ways, whether its speaking to ideas of art, community, authorship, ownership, sci-fi, generational differences and understandings, or all. The concept of only being able to tap into SexCoven's qualities and effect so long as you fall within a specific age bracket, at a certain time in your life. It's central theme is one of engagement and interaction: what begins as an unauthored file with double digit shares takes on a whole life of it's own: walking groups, small businesses, further creative enterprises, friendships, due to how people respond and interpret it. The removal of the author, the mystery of the file's origins, removes any intent, or any discussion over the point of creation. Once made, the audience are the ones who make SexCoven what it is, or what they'd like or need it to be, and therefore the value it has, any importance it attains, is almost always provided by others: while you have commonalities, the interaction is a response and dependent on the individual. So as much as SexCoven speaks to notions of people connecting to something -be it art or else- and believing in it, creating spaces of shared interest and belonging both fruitful and weird and interesting and loopy and harmful, there's no need to fear things you don't understand. Sometimes something isn't for you, and that's fine- that shouldn't prompt disparagement of other's pleasure and appreciation. That Tamaki manages to present all this on both a wider, encompassing view and a personal level through characters is a testament of her undeniable ability.

One of the most amusing and knowing aspects of SexCoven is its journey on the cultural highway of consumption: from niche track to wider distribution and appropriation, wordy critical reviews, t-shirts and bracelets, to confused mainstream panic on the effect it's having on the 'children,' ending with some journalist writing up an earnest retrospective op-ed on a now all but dead cult phenomenon. How it will be remembered is as another very, very good work from Tamaki in a period in which she's ensured the mention of her name as a signifier of excellence in comics.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Review reminder

I thought it'd be worth putting up a quick reminder that I write weekly reviews that are published at AV Club- search analytics tell me, for example, that people are looking for 'Comics&Cola + whatever book' (at the moment it seems to be Last Man), but the majority of reviews of new and contemporary comics are most likely to be found there. I've listed the nine I've done to date below, and hyper-linked them so it should take you straight through to the relevant article, but EVERY review I write -regardless of where it's published- gets alphabetically listed and linked on the 'Review' page/tab at the top (this includes all the AV Club pieces), and I'm pretty good with keeping that current. So if you are searching for a review of anything in particular, that's the best and easiest place to look.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Peow!, Retrofit, Oily, Study Group, Uncivilzed Books, Big Planet, team up for one tantalising FCBD offering

With  Free Comic Book Day now less than a month away, I imagine people -retailers, readers, comics journalists- are beginning to scope out the titles on offer in earnest. For the uninitiated, Free Comics Book Day (FCBD) is an annual event that takes place on the first Saturday of May in which most of the comics industries publishers participate to create special comics to be given away for free, only at comic book shops. It's a unique event, really, when you think of the scale on which comics are being produced and then distributed. The comics vary between reproduced and newer material, short stories, and upcoming excerpts, often acting as a showcase for a publisher's catalogue. It can be a little difficult for smaller imprints and presses to take part, as it means taking on all the cost of production and publishing with no return- apart from the hope that your comic is getting into people hands, and that that in turn interests them enough to perhaps participate further. And that still relies on comic book shops ordering your comic in the first instance.  

Back in January (far too early) I highlighted six of this year's FCBD comics that looked most interesting, but yesterday saw the announcement of a late contender that trumps them all. Retrofit Comics, Peow! Studio, Oily Comics, Uncivilized Books, Study Group Comics, and Big Planet Comics- six of my favourite, acclaimed independent comic book publishers have joined forces to release their own collaborative comic book for Free Comic Book Day.  Featuring a great, funny cover by Chuck Forsman, the comics is simply titled 'Free 2015' and features 40 pages of comics from a plethora of seriously, seriously good cartoonists: David B., Jane Mai, Melissa Mendes, Oliver Schrauwen, Patrick Crotty, Max de Rodriguès, Hanna K., Alex Kim, Laura Knetzger, Niv Bavarsky, Box Brown, Kate Leth, Jason Little, Matt Madden,  Ben Sears, Jack Teagle, Derek Van Gison, and François Vigneault. I'm so happy that Big Planet and Retrofit Comics are publishing this anthology offering- a whole bunch of these artists are people whose work I've loved and written about here and elsewhere, and it's a fantastic opportunity for more people to get their eyeballs on them: people perhaps curious about 'small press' or 'indie' comics who will be able to see for free what kind of excellent comics are being made within that sphere. I believe it's going to be printed on newsprint, too, which I'm always a sucker for, simply because it's a more tactile experience than glossy pages.

If this is something you're interested in getting on Free Comic Book Day -May 2nd-, make sure your your comics book retailer is aware of its availability and ask them to order some in sooner rather than later. Orders can be placed by email to 

Monday, 6 April 2015

Kodansha announce Junji Ito's quasi comedy-horror, 'Cat Diary,' for October release

As much as I enjoy putting together lists like the '20 most anticipated comics of 2015' or the monthly 'with pound in hand' features picking out the best of what's due for release each month, there's nothing quite like the excitement when you hear a favourite author is releasing a new book. It's all the more special when a) you had no inking any such news was on the horizon, and b) when the books are translations, as they tend to be a little more scarce on the ground. So Kodansha announcing they would be publishing Junji Ito's Cat Diary (No Neko Nikki) this October checked all the requirements for maximum impact. Published in its original Japanese in 2011, it's perhaps a slightly different work that fans have come to expect, a comedy take on his autobiographical experience of his girlfriend moving in with him with her 2 cats- so a quasi-fictional horror. It means that Ito fans will have 2 new English language titles to look forward to this year; Viz are releasing his most recent collection of work,  Fragments of Horror, in July. Which is really excellent news. Ito is amongst the list of widely known manga authors in Europe and the US, which makes any newly translated work very welcome indeed.

'The first announcement from our animeboston panel is Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu! This is a horror/comedy manga from master of terror, Junji Ito, creator of the grotesque classics Uzumaki and Gyo. A single volume of around 120 pages, this “autobiographical true story” tells of the strange incidents that occur when the artist’s new girlfriend moves in with two feline friends. In a large trim size with high-quality paper, the book comes out in October, making it the perfect Halloween gift for any twisted cat lover.'

Friday, 3 April 2015

Cinebook bring Fabien Vehlmann and Matthew Bonhomme's 'The Marquis of Anaon' series to English

(left: English language edition cover of The Isle of Brac published by Cinebook, right: French language edition cover of The Isle of Brac published by Dargaud)

I'd like to begin this article with a shout-out to my comics brethren who know what I like and keep me informed of news and announcements I missed. Oliver, well aware of my appreciation of most things Fabien Vehlmann, told me about a new book of his being translated into English this summer. The title in question is Le Marquis d'Anaon ('The Marquis of Anaon'), a 5 volume series originally published in French by Dargaud from 2002-2008. It's illustrated -absolutely sumptuously- by Matthew Bonhomme, whose work I have never before come across, although his name seems familiar. Googling the series for accompanying images and preview pages was such a pleasure- his art here (as you can see below), coupled with Delf's coluring looks sublimely beautiful- the best of the European style. The first book, The Isle of Brac, is due in July from Cinebook, and from what I can gather, I believe each volume contains a self-standing story. 

Set in the 1720's, the series follows merchant's son and former medical student, Jean-Baptiste Poulain, nicknamed 'The Marquis of lost souls,' as he travels to places where strange and mysterious phenomena have been observed, investigating inexplicable, seemingly supernatural crimes, with the aim of enriching his scientific knowledge as much as assisting people. With only very fledgling sciences discovered and in place, Jean-Baptiste has the superstitious people and beliefs of the lands he travels to to encounter with, especially in crisis situations which often result in the persecution of groups living on the margins of the community; finding relations with the aristocrats simpler than with the common people, each part of the social body obeying its own prejudices. If none of that makes sense, blame my poor translating skills. The series is supposedly Sleep Hollow/Hound of Baskervilles in tone, presumably in relation to historical scenarios with atmospheric are they/aren't they real antagonists. Vehlmann's blog suggests they were planning further volumes at one point, but the tally stands at 5, with the last having somewhat of an open ending that serves well whether they decide to continue or not. I'm stupidly excited for this: Vehlamann's one of my favourite writers and Bonhomme's art is really hitting the spot for me.

Jazware Gravity Falls toy figures: Dipper, Mabel, Waddles, and rainbow-puke gnome [review]

It's been a while since a toy review- the last (and also first) one was in January- I don't buy toys often as you can tell. Partly my toy attention has been focused elsewhere; I've been collecting the 90's Kenner Batman Animated Series figures and scouring Ebay to find them at reasonable prices, but though I'd write about them once I've accumulated the ones I want (Bane and Penguin left to get). What I did buy back in February were some new Gravity Falls toys. I like Gravity Falls a lot. A lot LOT. I didn't really start watching serialised cartoons and animation again until last year and the two shows that got me back to appreciating the art were the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series (one of the problems I had with TMNT comics was the 'space alien' element was overkill for me; you had these mutate ninja turtles fighting the Shredder and the Foot Clan, and the Krang and their inter-galactic adventures on top of that just took me out of it. That aspect of it translates better in the cartoon, I think) and Alex Hirsch's Gravity Falls -from Disney of all people. 

Gravity Falls brings together a lot of elements that appeal to me: the mystery of the week, the spooky going ons, the general X-Files vibe (in the theme tune- it's not just me right?), combined with the familial core of the story- Mabel and Dipper's relationship with one another and their Grunkle (great uncle) Stan (as someone who comes from a big, close family it's very recognisable). On top of that you have the larger, long-running narrative of play -what makes Gravity Falls such a hub of weird? Who wrote those diaries?- with some truly unforgettable characters -how good a villain is Li'l Gideon?- and standout, fun episodes: Fight Fighters, Boyz Crazy, and more. It treats all its characters with care and respect, too- they may be funny or flawed or contemptible, but they're all so well realised that it's easy to empathise with each on some level. Ostensibly, the show is about growing up- Mabel and Dipper are on the cusp of teenager-hood, on their summer holidays -perhaps the last they may want to spend together, or at their great uncle's house/cabin-, and this last special time where they still believe in monsters and magic and wonder, or before their bond loosens, is captured here. Also it has Neil deGrasse Tyson as a super intelligent talking pig.

So when Clark pointed me towards the figures on Toy Wiz, of whose existence I was not aware, I had to get some immediately. Warning for sensible people: don't be like me and devoid of any chill or patience whatsoever, and do wait until things such as these are widely available (or at least available in your country) so you don't have to pay your weight in gold for shipping from the US and then custom charges on top. Back to the point at hand, there was a choice between a 6-figure pack which comprises of Dipper, Mabel, Grunkle Stan, Wendy, Soos and Li'l Gideon, or 2-figure packs: Mabel/Waddles, Dipper/rainbow-puking gnome, and Grunkle Stan/Bill. I opted for the Mabel and Dipper 2-packs because like any normal person, I love Waddles, and the rainbow-puking gnome has become an iconic touchstone image of the series. And it came with Dipper, haha! Kidding. Maybe...

Each two pack comes with a little 'scroll' which is supposed to be a page from the secret mystery diaries, with information on specific monsters, which is a nice touch.. I got 'The Undead' and 'Gnomes' fittingly enough- the smaller writing is unreadable and intended to be such, but the illustrations are cute and the aged effect is cool. The twins are 3 inches tall (the 6-pack figures are slightly smaller at 2 inches). Produced by Jazwares, they're articulated at the shoulder joints, waist and neck, but none of these joints are very flexible, so it's more a twist or move for the sake of it. The sculpting on Mabel is good; the detail is impressive- her headband is moulded into her head instead of being painted on and the happily smiling expression looks very much like her. She's wearing one of her coveted jumpers: the pink shooting star polo-necked one, and the sleeves are nicely done, baggy with cuffs falling over her hands. I like the way her hairs is shaped into these bubbled, bouncy ends. Dipper doesn't fare quite as well. He's recognisable from his signature hat and clothes, but his eyes look a tad too buggy as opposed to wide-eyed, and the lower half of his face and half-smile looks a bit odd. I can understand its hard to replicate to plastic expressions that are much livelier in motion, though I think this weird effect is due to the decision to give him such a tiny mouth/smile rather high up in that bulbous expanse of chin/lower face- it doesn't translate well either way.

But there's one, big main problem with the figures: they don't stand. Waddles and the gnome with their sturdy, even weight distribution and low center of gravity are fine. However, the twins have been designed to emulate their cartoon-personas with large, over-sized heads and smaller bodies, and as such are too top heavy to be able to stand independently. The proportions mean that less than a third of the figure's height is devoted to the legs, which are super thin (again true to the design, but poorly weighted), and coupled with the big heads and sizable torsos, the balance is thrown way off, and the legs are left unable to carry all that weight. You can lean them against something, but if you're after these toys for display purposes like me, you may want to reconsider. I'm not sure how they'd fare if you got some small stands and tried to have them supported upright in that manner. I may try Blu-tack as an option and see how that goes.

Waddles and the gnome are great. The gnome in particular, looking at him face-on makes me smile; it's very funny how he's got his arms stuck stiffly out so that they look they're protruding from his ears, and his shocked eyebrows have risen onto his pointed red hat. but it makes for an arresting image probably because there are so many colours in play and the juxtaposition of friendly, dungaree-clad, fluffy bearded tiny creatures with psychedelic vomit tickles the traditional associations. Waddles is Waddles- cute as a button, and he knows it, but you let him get away with it. They're both nice, solid figures. Writing about these makes me wish the show would update regularly once more, but it's good enough that I seek it out whenever there's a new episode.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

With pound in hand: April comic and graphic novel releases

Here we go: picking out the cream of this month's releases, in graphic novels, collected editions and anything else notable:

PICK OF THE MONTH: Vacancy by Jen Lee, Nobrow: I previewed this over at The AV Club, where I also briefly talked to Jen Lee about it. Set in the same universe as her Thunderpaw comic, Vacancy features the same post-apocalyptic world, suddenly devoid of all humans, leaving previously tames animals to fend for themselves. Simon is one such dog, building up the nerve to leave his backyard, and venturing into the woods beyond with his new-found acquaintances: a raccoon and a deer. But Simon realizes he is not quite ready to live in the wild. And in the abandoned areas of the town strange things begin to happen.... Lee manages to pack quite a lot in for a shorter narrative and her art and colours are stylish and vibrant. Vacancy explores the ways that animals think; how they internalize their changing environment and express their thoughts, fears, or excitement.

The Oven by Sophie Goldstein, AdHouse Books: Another book to tick off my most-anticipated of the year list. Sophie Goldstien's longest comic to date, and first major published work is a sci-fi tale in which ozone depletion and dwindling resources have driven the human race into domed cities where population controls are strictly enforced. In that environment, a young couple go looking for a rumoured anti-government paradise in the desert, and find more than they bargained for. I've enjoyed and been impressed by everything Goldstein's produced so far- if you've not heard of her before, or are simply looking for a new comic to pick up, I'd say this is a very good bet. You can view a 12-page preview here. 

Kenya vol 3: Aberrations by Leo and Rodolphe, Cinebook: Leo and Rodolphe's Kenya has run nicely as it's continued, mashing together a string of genres and scenarios: inter-continental spy thriller, alien invasions, safari adventure -plus strange dinosaur beasts, and somehow managing to make it all work. This third volume sees Kathy Austin returns to Kenya to continue her investigation, after reporting to intelligence agencies in London. In the palace of Count Di Broglie, she finally meets the last survivors of the Remington expedition, but they lack material proof to support their stories. Kathy is ordered to obtain information on Irmanius, a rather inquisitive individual who’s been snooping around the country, but is unsure of his motives and who he works for. A very entertaining series.

She Hulk 2: Disorderly Conduct by Javier Pullido and Charles Soule, Marvel: I can't stress enough how fun and engaging this comic is- and that's speaking as someone with a very superficial familiarity with Marvel characters and universe. This run was my introduction to She Hulk, and I believe this second trade collection gathers the concluding half of Pullido's and Soule's storyline, namely the blue file case. It's a joy to look at, too, thanks to Pullido's vivacious art, and together the two volumes include stories that incorporate Daredevil, Hellcat, Captain America, and Dr Doom. This will probably be one of those runs that ends up gaining cult status, with the trades going out of print, so if you didn't get catch it in issues, now's your chance.

Stumptown vol 3 by Greg Rucka, Justin Greenwood, and Ryan Hill, Oni Press: The third Stumptown collection saw artist Matthew Southworth leave the book, with Justin Greenwood taking over. From what I've read, thee switch alters the tone of the series considerably (which I'm guessing is why we can see Dex's thong on that cover- and I don't point that out in a prudish way, but I do think it's detracting from Dex's character as it's been presented thus far, and don't think Southworth would have made the same choice), but I like Rucka's PI, and am curious to read this newest installment.  'When one of investigator Dex Parios's dearest friends is brutalized following a Portland Timbers match, Dex is determined to get to the bottom of the attack no matter who stands in her way.'

Bandette vol 2 Stealers, Keepers by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, Dark Horse: For anybody looking for a good, different comic for kids, Bandette fits the mould nicely, and often goes overlooked as it's a digital first release. It's about a French teenage master burglar who's also a bit of a Robin Hood figure, illustrated zestfully by Coover. In this second volume, Bandette's partaking in the 'Great Thieving Race', with her friendly rival Monsieur, as the two compete to steal the most priceless artefacts from the criminal organization Finis, turning over whatever they learn about its plans to the long-suffering Inspector B. D. Belgique. But Finis's response could make this Bandette's final crime spree...

Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau, NBM: Only the second of Etienne Davodeau's works to be given an English language release after 2013's The Initiates, Lulu Anew follows Lulu, who, at the end of yet another unproductive job interview, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. Her husband and children are bewildered by her disappearance, but she has nothing against them: this is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savouring it. Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. This sounds like an interesting premise -depending on approach, and I believe we get to see Davodeau's artwork in full-colour, too.

Borb by Jason Little, Uncivilized Books: Jason Little's Borb strips are a brilliant work: at once funny, sad, affirming, and horrifying. The format of the strips is that of newspaper dailies, so they're each self-contained, but read together as a long-running narrative -one which has a definitive conclusion. Borb is a severely alcoholic homeless man; a downtrodden urban Candide whose misfortunes pile up at an alarming rate, with Little drawing on the tradition of the comic strip slapstick vagabond archetype to twist and tell his tale to depict the real horrors specific to present-day urban homelessness. 

Also releasing this month: Monster vol 4 by Naoki Urasawa (perfect edition reprints), The Life of Norman by Stan Silas,  Fantasy Sports by Sam Bosma (reviewed here)